The Best (and Worst) Household Cleaner Brands, According to GoodGuide's

household cleanerMethod Wood For Good furniture spray takes top honors, while Kleen Guard Fresh Lemon Formula furniture polish comes in dead last among more than 1,000 household cleaners rated by GoodGuide.

Consumer Ally has teamed up with GoodGuide, whose experts have rated more than 65,000 consumer goods -- including food, toys, personal care and household products -- using factors that include concern for the environment, personal health and social responsibility, as consumers begin increasingly to consider those in addition to price.Good Guide's ratings also include a brief explanation for each category, though the user can drill down into each score for more detail. In the ratings, the health score measures a product's potential health impact on consumers. The environment score is based on the impact of the product in question and the company's overall policies and practices. The society score evaluates social impact, which can include treatment of workers, workplace diversity, community involvement and corporate ethics.

Method Wood For Good's rating of 9.1 was based on:
  • A Health score of 10: This product has no ingredients that raise health concerns.
  • An Environment score of 8.9: Compared to other companies, this company scores well on reducing water use.
  • A Society score of 8.4: Compared to other companies, this company scores well on commitment to its local community.
On the other hand, Kleen Guard Fresh Lemon Formula's rating of 2.5 was based on:
  • A Health score of 0: This product lacks ingredient data, so it is not possible to assess chemical safety.
  • An Environment score of 3.2: The company that makes this product has one of the lowest scores for addressing climate change.
  • A Society score of 4.2: The company that makes this product has a below-average score in ethical policies and performance.
Last time around, we examined GoodGuide's cold cereal ratings. This time, we'll see how GoodGuide experts rated 1,009 household cleaners. Below are its top-five best and worst products. In order to avoid repetition of a particular brand, we've skipped ahead to the next best or worst brand.

The Best Household Cleaners The Worst Household Cleaners
You can view all the top-rated household cleaners (in descending order) here, and the poorly rated household cleaners (in ascending order) here.

See what GoodGuide has to say about limiting your exposure to toxic chemicals found in household cleaning products.

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